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ID:     806133
Type:     Greek
Issuer:     Antigonas II Gonatas
Date Ruled:     277/6-239 BC
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     BC circa 274/1-260/55
Diameter:     29 mm
Weight:     17.13 g
Die Axis:     11 h
Obverse Description:     Horned head of Pan left, lagobolon over shoulder, in the center of a Macedonian shield
Reverse Legend:     BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOY
Reverse Description:     Athena Alkidemos advancing left, holding shield decorated with aegis, preparing to cast thunderbolt; crested Macedonian helmet to inner left, HΛ monogram to inner right
Mint:     Amphipolis
Primary Reference:     Touratsoglou 25-40
Reference2:     SNG MÜnchen 1077-8
Reference3:     SNG Alpha Bank 986-8
Reference4:     SNG Saroglos 921-4
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     Superb EF, attractively toned.
Notes:     Ex Triton VI (14 January 2003), lot 189; Nelson Bunker Hunt Collection (Part II, Sotheby's, 21 June 1990), lot 391; S. Weintraub Collection.Mathisen, in his study of Gonatas’ coinage, contends that the fighting Athena was a traditional symbol of Pyrrhos, Antigonos’ vanquished enemy, and it was adopted to emphasize the Macedonian king’s victory over his Epeirote challenger. Similarly, Mathisen believes Pan symbolizes Antigonos' victory over the Gauls, whose invasions had terrorized Macedon and Thrace for decades.